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Published: Tuesday | December 24, 2013 Comments 0

Footballer in Trinidad's army murdered in public

COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):

A soldier who plays for top Trinidad and Tobago club, Defence Force, was gunned down outside a bar near his home in Couva, West Central Trinidad, Sunday morning. Lance Corporal Rawle Fletcher, 34, a regular member of Defence Force, was shot in a hail of bullets from occupants of a vehicle that pulled alongside him in a car park, an eyewitness has reported.

A friend who was with him at the time was also shot and killed, while a 19-year-old boy was also killed after being shot in the chest by a stray bullet, reports said.

Fletcher did not represent the Defence Force this season since he was awaiting an operation on an injured hand, but the defender was a member of the team that claimed their second Pro League title in the last three years. Fletcher is reported to have told senior Defence Force officials he was a marked man after disarming a gunman to stop a robbery a few months ago. Weeks after the incident, shots were fired at Fletcher's home, army sources have revealed.

Fellaini facing six weeks out

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

Manchester United manager David Moyes says Marouane Fellaini will be out for up to six weeks following wrist surgery.

The midfielder had an operation on Saturday, and is set to miss seven Premier League games, the third round of the FA Cup and the semi-finals of the League Cup. Moyes says "we just couldn't get him recovered from his back. We thought it would be okay after 10 days, but it wasn't getting any better, so we made a quick decision to get the wrist done." Although Moyes says Fellaini will be out for six weeks, he adds there "is a chance it could be shorter than that".

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